“I am going to stay to the end of this season, August 6, because I like to finish things I started,” Perez said after show Den Mom Whoopi Goldberg threw to Perez saying “Just so we’re very clear.”
“We want to make sure everyone on Twitter clams down; she’s not leaving today,” Whoopi said.
Previous: “Well, you guys all heard it. I’ve decided that it’s time to move on,” an already weeping Rosie Perez said at the top of today’s The View after she and fellow co-hosts walked on stage to the Flamingos tune, Lovers Never Say Goodbye.
Perez singled out show Den Mom, Whoopi Goldberg for “your guidance and professionalism and most of all your friendship” adding, “it’s a dream sitting here with you.”
Co-host Nicolle Wallace, whose future on the show also is unclear, Perez thanked for her “intelligence and wit and your sunshine.”
“I want to thank you very much for picking me,” she said of EP Bill Wolff, who’d announced yesterday in an email to staff, “Our friend Rosie Perez has decided to leave the show to pursue full time her love for acting.”
Perez also named Disney-ABC TV Group president Ben Sherwood: “Thank you for this opportunity and thank you for being such a class act – the call this morning meant everything to me,” she said.
“This has been such a great opportunity to be part of such an iconic show” she said, noting it “opened me up to a broader audience.” She gave “special thanks” to the Latin community, saying she was honored to be the first Latina on The View, adding “what the hell took you so long?”
“I will be back as a friend of the show, but it’s time to go and I look forward to finishing my run on Broadway and continue acting,” she said, adding “I look forward to working with ESPN” and gave a shout out “to the boxing world: I’m back!”
Perez delivered her so-long the morning after Deadline reported she was leaving The View after just one season. Her exit comes seven months after Rosie O’Donnell’s exit from the show was announced. Her last day on the ABC News program will be August 6, the final original show of the season.
Perez said nothing about the future of Wallace, who also joined The View in September. Raven-Symoné, who became a co-host last month, and Goldberg are locks to come back next season, but Wallace’s future is unclear.
Back in January, ABC News shot down a report that Perez was out at The View, issuing a statement: “Rosie Perez is currently in rehearsal for her Broadway play for the month of January. Her status with the show has not changed.” A press report had speculated she would not return after taking a pre-planned break to rehearse with Larry David in his Broadway production, Fish In The Dark. Several reports noted at the time ABC’s statement did not address the long-term prognosis for Perez on the show, which went on to be a success.
Our friend Rosie Perez has decided to leave the show at the conclusion of this season to pursue full time her love for acting.
Stepping into the role of talk show host at the same time she has been starring on Broadway has been incredibly impressive. And beyond being an enormously talented performer, Rosie is a dedicated advocate who has brought passion and insight to the panel every day.
Rosie will always be a part of “The View” family, and we will welcome her back as a guest anytime to catch up. We’ll plan a proper send off for her in a few weeks, but in the meantime, please join me in thanking her for her great work on the show.